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Kanye West – DONDA Album Review

After many a speculation and many a postponement, Kanye West has returned in notable fashion with DONDA.

His tenth studio album after 2019’s JESUS IS KING, DONDA comes with controversy, speculation and ample amounts of doubt whether or not it would actually be released at all.

But it dropped this Friday just gone. Whether or not Kanye agreed to the release or not – as it was later confirmed he had no hand in it after the label Universal themselves released the 27-part exploration – certainly puts a big question mark on Kanye’s mindset, creativity and mental state as he ventures into this album.

With no pre-released singles amping up the album itself, the arrival of the esteemed album was hyped up as it is, especially as Kanye reportedly lived inside Atlanta Stadium to finish off DONDA with many avid, life-long producers abandoning West mid-production as he had become simply unbearable to be around.

The uncontrollable mess of affairs that led up to this album, is certainly prevalent when first listening to this one. Truth to be told, it’s an album that is okay. With a fairly similar trope of skipping through songs at the end, DONDA have a few stand-out songs that brings out back the Yeezus Kanye of our time. A particularly dark and ambient feel throughout, DONDA features the eutrophic choral anthems that we heard a lot through JESUS IS KING in 2019.

Marked as a gospel album or not, there are some songs that spark a flair of the brilliant from West and certainly a worthy tribute to his late mother, which the album is named after.

Jail, Hurricane and Jonah become first favourites for me, as Kanye looks to God more and more as his personal life seemingly crumbles around him. But, Kanye isn’t just a music artist. He is a critically lauded artist who creates movements. Movements in every aspect of music, culture and entertainment. Whether or not it discourages you from listening to Kayne again, it’s certainly worth the listen. Maybe even starting to understand Kanye again after his most recent divorce with Kim. Since he professed his love to her in Yeezus, it has clearly shook him up good.

This elusive work – although features many more trap beats than Kayne would normally allow past first – is a marvellous gorge into Kayne’s creativity-process. Get to know every chapter so far. All 27 of them.

DONDA RELEASED BY UNIVERSAL WITHOUT MY SAY, ARTIST CLAIMS.

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Tyler, The Creator – CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST: Album Review

A true connoisseur, Tyler The Creator has created his Igor-follow up with CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST.

Best picks: CORSO, WUSYANAME, WILSHIRE, LUMBERJACK

Gorgeous, hip, outlandish and perfectly Tyler, the seemless – and quite frankly, flawless – album transitions from one breadth to another, with the outros blending perfectly into another deflective motion of the album dialogue. This time, it’s the bodacious star of Sir Baudelaire.

The wacky, indigenous instrumentals and the lyrical ingenuity that we hear in Hot Wind Blows, MANIFESTO and RISE! is the perfect radio soundtrack riding in our Cadillac’s and Pegassi’s in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto.

In what may have been a difficult turnaround for Tyler to adapt from after writing the stellar concept of Igor, Tyler has made the executive decision of blending the elites of Goblin, Cherry Bomb, Flower Boy and Igor into a fantastic trope of easy-listenin’ lo-fi hip-hop that just is so fun to play. You can certainly he had fun making it, too.

With many others thinking that CMIUGL is the apotheosis of his past art, I couldn’t agree with them more. It has glimpses of old Tyler and new Tyler that is beneficial to all fans of the artistic evolution that is .. Tyler, The Creator.

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Embracing Change in Music

Do you ever feel like you go through the same old music catalogues, playlists and albums day-in and day-out?

Do you have that feeling of drought with your musical palette? Well, fret not, for I have a proposition.

Why not listen to something other than what you’re used to?

Be it a genre you’re not familiar with or an artist you dread, stick it on and delve into the plethora of the unknown. Even if it just for an hour and you come away with a little bit of knowledge about something you didn’t know an hour ago, that is equally fine.

For me, I’ve recently been diving into the classics of hip-hop, rap and more importantly, the mysteries with the likes of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Notorious in not just their alter-personas as international music artists, but notorious for their sounds they made and their power-house profile it brought to the scenes of East Coast hip-hop and “Gangsta rap”. Although they were taken from us by a scenario we’re all too familiar with, within the crevices of America, the sheer impact they had with us in the world paints us a picture how iconic these two were and are.

Of course, this led on to the mightiest who are still mighty in their corresponding leagues – Eminem, Jay-Z and Kanye.

So for today’s Sunday – where I usually request for you to take out your favourite Sunday chill playlist with your morning (or afternoon) coffee, instead, listen to something different and learn something new along the way.

Hope your week upcoming is just as prosperous, folks. Take care of yourselves.

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Song of the Day: Quadeca’s Alone Together

Keeping on the hype of alternative lo-fi hip hop from Loyle Carner, comes another empowering trip into the scope of mental health and struggling with daily life.

Quadeca is another unlikely source of the grand and gorgeous in the world of music, especially with the young soloist coming from the lands of YouTube, but he joins the plethora of producing quite well and making snappy beats equally well, too.

One we picked today was Alone Together. Emphatically powerful and somewhat inspiring with its sombre-to-frantic lyrics, Alone Together was one of those songs that I really wanted to have on repeat when it was first released. The sheer simplicity and the emptiness of the chorus ultimately tells the origin of the song story, and the distraught outro really draws the song to a telling close.

Worthy of any avid fan of hip-hop or the alternative scene within the same genre who has some understanding of YouTube rappers. Even though the likes of Quadeca has no doubt surpassed this disconcerting label already.

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